Aug 23, 2019 11:56AM Dharmamum wrote:
I just had a double mastectomy and have opted to go flat. When I was originally diagnosed with IDC I had opted for reconstruction since they offer it here in Vancouver BC on the same day. I didn’t have enough fat to make anything more than 2 a-cups, so I didn’t see the point of that. So I was going to have implants. Then a friend of mine sent me a link about a class action suit against 2 silicon implant companies as their implants can cause a lymphatic cancer that has never before been seen in breasts. I started digging some more and found a very comprehensive article about ‘breast implant illness’ which discussed the flaws in the research which the FDA used to approve silicon implants. It also highlights the link between breast implants and auto-immune disorders. At this stage it is hard to know how big the risks are, but as someone who already has multiple health challenges. (ME/CFS), I felt I had to put my health first.
I know in my heart that I have made the right decision but I am finding that emotionally, I don’t like the way my chest looks. I thought I might get some tattoos on my chest, but then remembered my dermographism will make that impossible.
I will get prostheses, but will probably mostly wear a sports bra with some light foam inserts I bought from Amazon. I am 53, married to a very supportive man and a buddhist which are things which have supported my decision. I know I still have some grieving to do and living in a culture that prioritises women’s external beauty will make my journey more challenging, but I will get there.
Having just been through surgery, and having met someone who had had a Diep flap, I am not sure I would have chosen that option as the recovery time is longer. But if I were young and healthy and had enough tummy fat, I probably would have. It is still an option for me in the future, if I gain weight, though I doubt I will take it.
I am not sure the skin is an issue with the Diep flap as I think they take the skin and tissue from your stomach, but check that out.
The one thing you might want to try and see is what do DIEP-flap breasts actually look like. Strangely, the plastic surgeon I saw had no photographs of any reconstruction. There are a few on the internet, but mostly gross ones during the operation, which are enough to put anyone off
Good luck with your decision.